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Real, Relevant, Rooted

Real

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a church of two books: The Holy Bible, which contains all that is needed for salvation, and The Book of Common Prayer, which guides our worship and aids our prayer life. We are a Christian community of worship and prayer. We are a home where you can live in God’s welcoming hospitality as you grow in spirit. For it is through prayer that the gifts of faith and life with God are received. Prayer first, then spiritual wellness through faith.

May the Holy Spirit be in our midst. Amen

A proclamation of faith…

I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.
Whoever has faith in me shall have life,
even though he die.
And everyone who has life,
and has committed himself to me in faith,
shall not die forever.

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth.
After my awaking, he will raise me up;
and in my body I shall see God.
I myself shall see, and my eyes behold him
who is my friend and not a stranger.

—From The Book of Common Prayer


Relevant

All are welcome here. Families and singles. Young, or old, or in mid-life. We welcome you to come as you are, whoever you are. Hear the Bible read. Pray with us, or simply sit and listen. Receive Holy Communion if you are moved to, or receive a blessing of Christ through his apostolic church—for this is the Lord’s table, not our own, and nothing can separate you from God’s caring love. Come and be fed.

Your personal invitation…You can come a bit early or stay a while after the service. Meet people and have a coffee.

The Protestant Episcopal Church is an independent member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We exist to help people experience God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in their lives—and receive eternal life in him through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

 

Rooted

Sharing Our Journey…

There are two aspects of our life together that need to be celebrated. One is our geographic location on the Iron Range and near the Superior National Forest in Northeast Minnesota. The second, closely related to the first, is that we are a small church. Some might not want to celebrate these two characteristics, and some may see them as a weakness.

We, on the other hand, have found them to be our strength. Our location and our size have forced us to adapt quickly to change, to be strong and self-reliant, and to thrive in a larger church community of mutual interdependence. Because we are small, we know each other well, and that provides for an intimacy in communion that probably reflects the early Christians. Our smallness also provides for intergenerational friendships—and long-term friendships—and each of these makes for a wonderful sense of continuity with our past.

And lastly, and maybe most importantly, our location on the Iron Range and near the Superior National Forest reminds us daily of our basic relationship with the environment for God’s Kingdom, especially as it is expressed in all of creation.

— The Rev. Roger Weaver

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